1. What's your favorite part of doing research during the summer?
Alison: There are a lot of highlights to doing research here. I love the people I work with and the things I'm doing. I also love the lunches the physics department sponsor every Wednesday (good food for cheap? OF COURSE!)
2. Have you discovered any neat things about campus you didn't learn
about during the school year?
Alison: There are tons of neat things I discovered about campus that I didn't know about during the school year. First, we have a totally awesome sand volleyball court that hardly anyone uses. I've spent countless afternoons out there with all kinds of interesting people. Second, our barbeque pits are legit. Grab a bag of charcoal, some burgers, and some friends and you've got the recipe for a good night.
3. What sort of things do you do in your free time?
Alison: Since physics research during the summer is a 9 to 5 job, I have most of my nights and weekends free. I love to lay out in the sun and read a good book, explore the many unique shops and restaurants around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City... or go hiking around the Indian Creek Nature Center. It's also wonderful to have homemade dinners and movie nights with friends still on campus.
4. What does a typical day of research look like?
Alison: My typical research day starts at 9. From 9 to around 12, I'll work on hearthing my samples on the laser levitator or running other spectroscopy measurements on previously made samples. I typically have a one hour lunch break then come back to work at one. From one till five, I levitate my samples turning them (hopefully) into a glass. Physics research doesn't really have a typical day. Almost every researcher has a different project and depending on where they are with the specific project multiple different steps to take each day.
5. Will you do research next summer and do you recommend it to others?
Why or why not?
Alison: I would love to do research next summer but Peterson Hall is being remodeled meaning no physical research will happen here. I'm looking into either an REU at a different school or an internship overseas. I would recommend research to anyone considering it. It's a wonderful opportunity that not many other schools offer. We also have research in other departments, I have friends doing business research, psychology research, biology research, and chemistry research. There are all kinds of opportunities just waiting for you.
Next up is my friend Alison W. (see photo of us below). She's going to be a sophomore, majoring in Physics and calls home Kuna, ID. Alison elected to stay on campus both during May Term and the summer to participate in summer research. She is also living in Murray (like Millie).
|The infamous Ha(il)ley Sandwich. Alison W. is obviously the one in the center!|
Here's what she had to say about her May Term:
"My may term consisted of two hours lecture in the morning plus a two hour "lab" session in the afternoon. The entire may term was focused on glass and glass research. We were taught all about phase diagrams, Q units, glassformers, and deformations. The lab portion of may term was focused on teaching us to use the equipment in the labs as well as how to make glass. We would spend the two hours making glass, and running the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), the Raman, or the DSC. By the end of may term, my class of ten people were supposedly ready to do internationally known research."
She is now spending the rest of the summer doing the internationally known research she mentioned. Check back on Thursday to read the Q&A with Alison!
Dear Prospective Students reading this blog,
On a personal note, I participated in Iowa's Private College Week two years ago. My mom, sister, and I visited a couple of other colleges and Coe College. This was my first trip to Coe's campus and I had a great time. I'll be posting more IPCW memories later so make sure to check back to read them (they're pretty good if you ask me).
Good luck on your search!
Now we'll look at the Writer's Colony May Term that happened in the United States.
- May Term traveler: Kyle, a fellow Tempestuous Season FYSer (so a sophomore this fall), from Dubuque, IA. He plans to major in Accounting and Business Administration.
- Where he went: To 12 different cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast to see 19 baseball games.
- Also was able to tour every city (didn't just see baseball games and parks!).
- Went with other Coe students and Writing Center advisor and Rhetoric professor, Dr. Bob.
- Gone for a little less than one month on this road trip.
Most images from Chris Creamer's website. Cooperstown image from this site. Thanks!
1. What's campus like in the summer? Have you discovered any new gems on campus you hadn't discovered during the school year?
Part III: Question and Answer
Part II: A Favorite Memory
|In Rapid City, SD standing next to Ronald Reagan!|
The Week of...
- Monday, July 4th - She's Leaving on a Jet Plane...for SERBIA: Anna's Adventures
- Monday, July 11th - Home Away From Home: Millie's Summer Work Experience
- Monday, July 18th - Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Kyle's Baseball Road Trip
- Monday, July 25th - Let's Discover Physics!: Alison's Summer of Research
- Monday, August 1st - Greece, Smile for the Camera!: Max's Basketball Escapade